Jerome and Mark Attanasio at the Brewers game.

Brewers Love

Our four year old son was given Brewers tickets by RMHC. After a long morning of appointments, we went to the game.   We had a wonderful time.  It was nice to have a break from appointments and spend some time doing something fun with our child.  After the Brewers won, Mark Attanasio, the owner of the team, paid a special visit to Jerome and gave him the game ball that he personally autographed! Jerome was thrilled with the gift and they took this cute photo together. Jerome was smiling from ear to ear and it’ll be something he remembers for the rest of his life! All thanks to RMHC for giving us the tickets!

Gloria Anderson | House Guest

Jerome and Mark Attanasio at the Brewers game.
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Our Little Buddy

We are the Salcherts from Sheboygan, WI.  Our immediate family consists of two parents and eight biological children, a son-in-law and a daughter-in-law.

We thought we were done “having” kiddos almost fourteen years ago but life has tossed us a few unexpected curve balls.  Three years ago, we opened our home and our hearts to taking in babies with a life-limiting diagnosis/prognosis.  What an incredible adventure it has been; heart wrenching, yet so very rewarding.

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Learning to Slow Down

There are monsters and super heroes in the garden this afternoon, running at the speed of light across the bridge… back and forth they go, tirelessly chasing each other.  Their energy and focus are endless; I am envious of their youth and agility! They push and shove one minute and in the next hold hands and help one another get up.  They forgive easily and love mightily.  They are warriors! They are friends! They are super heroes!

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Notes to Fairies

“Hello! Help all the children get better.”

“I just wanted to know if there are all kinds of fairies and talents. P.S. I really like fairies.”

“Hi, little fairies. Enjoy the peaceful gardens. Marysue was here.”

These are notes left in the Secret Garden Fairy Garden during the Windows into Wauwatosa Tour on Saturday, June 20, 2015. In total, 228 visitors came to see the common area of the House and tour the Secret Garden.

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Celebrating Pam Buckley

After spending 20 years with Ronald McDonald House Charities, Pam Buckley, Community Relations Director, has announced her retirement.  Last night, staff, volunteers, friends, and family came together to celebrate and honor Pam for all the great work she has done.  I caught up with Pam to reflect on her time at RMHC.

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Hand in Hand

Dear Bridget and the entire RMHC Staff,

Our family has been blessed by your devotion to providing comfort and “class” to our crisis.

We came hoping for a bed and a shower and are leaving having been showered with so much more: dignity, smiles, care, concern, warmth, love, “spoiling,” peace, and rest.

The hand in hand symbol in the logo for the House epitomizes perfectly the gentle and affirming hand holding we experienced from February 28-May 11, 2015 and again May 27-June 6, 2015 (99 nights).  Your donors should know that their gifts equal hands being held.

Our three boys celebrated birthdays in a warm environment of support.  Art, music, and dog therapy nurtured ALL of us. Our daughter Erin’s 18thbirthday spent downtown with her dad was a thrilling night that will be remembered forever.  She is most grateful.

Blessings on each of you.  Owen was born 5 weeks early with Down Syndrome, cortication of the aorta, complete AUSD, G-tube, bowel perforation, and bowel obstruction.  We carry home a strong little miracle made sweeter by your love.

Christine and Joe Geniesse | House Guest

Hannah, Joey, Erin, Marty, Ben, Bridget, Patrick, Sam, Mary Claire and Owen

The Geniesse Family from Oshkosh, Wisconsin stayed at the House for 99 days while their son underwent multiple medical procedures.

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Nordstrom Mayfair Opening Gala

Save the Date for the Nordstrom Mayfair Opening Gala!

We are so excited to have a new neighbor moving to town! And we are honored to have been chosen as one of three charity partners for the upcoming Nordstrom Mayfair Gala! Please join us October 21, 2015 from 6:00 to 11:00pm for what promises to be a memorable evening as we celebrate the opening of Nordstrom Mayfair and the three charity partners that will benefit from the proceeds of the ticket sales!

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Thankful for the House!

Early morning on Saturday, June 16, 2012, my four-day-old nephew had to be flown to Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee after finding out he had an undetected heart defect and would be needing emergency heart surgery. My sister and her husband tried not to think of the financial burdens they might endure as they had to do what was best for their son. Thankfully, the social worker sought them out after just a few hours and helped them get on the Ronald McDonald House waiting list for a room. We heard wonderful things about the Ronald McDonald House and were excited about the opportunity for them to stay there while their son was hospitalized. It took a few days, but on Wednesday they received a call from Tiffany saying she had a room available; my dad and brother-in-law “moved” them in right away. They ended up staying a total of nine nights – a huge reliever financially.  It would have cost ten times more to stay in a hotel that long. The rooms were very “homey” feeling and the House in general had a great atmosphere.

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Grandma’s Love for RMHC

I’m a grandma.  As I watch my grandchildren sleep, I can’t thank all the kind people enough who keep the Ronald McDonald House running and providing our family with a place close to our sick child. We live two and a half hours north and staying at the House has eased so many burdens. Being able to feed the children and having some sense of normalcy has helped greatly. This has lightened the load for the children who can now take their minds off long five hour roundtrips to see Mom and Dad in Milwaukee.  Now, Mom and Dad are only five minutes away. RMHC has truly helped our family stay together. Mom and Dad are relieved knowing their children are with Grandma. This House has blessed our family in so many ways and is so much more than I could have ever expected. I was very grateful and was very humbled when we had one of our first meals here. I was brought to tears and couldn’t stop as volunteers put food on our plates. What a blessing! The cost of eating at Children’s Hospital and packing a cooler from home was out of control. My daughter is pregnant with her fourth child. Child number three is going to be at Children’s for at least a month. She will be having baby number four here. I now know things will be ok if we are all together. This old grandma can finally sleep peacefully tonight.  Everybody is together and safe with full bellies!

Thank you all! Much love is sent to all of you who make this possible!

Gina Phillips | House Guest

Gina Phillips stayed at the House with her grandchildren while her grandson underwent a liver transplant and chemotherapy at Children’s Hospital.

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RMHC partners with Northwestern Mutual

Nothing feels better than sharing a family meal with dear friends. Recently, we welcomed members of the Northwestern Mutual Foundation team to the House to celebrate the power of healthy food and a wonderful partnership.

For two years, Northwestern Mutual has sponsored a Healthy Food Program at the House. The goal of this program was to provide opportunities for our families to have healthy food options readily accessible in the form of fresh fruit, well balanced lunches to go and to sponsor Kids Can Cook classes for our families to learn more about healthy food choices and the links between food and improved health. Since the beginning of the program 1,775 families have had access to fresh fruit daily and the Kids Can Cook classes have provided hands on opportunities for our young guests to learn about the benefits of healthy food in a fun way… The numbers are staggering, 6,000 healthy lunches have been made for our families with the help of 700 community volunteers.

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